Date of Award
Applied Developmental Psychology
Dr. Paul J. Frick
Dr. Monica A. Marsee
Dr. Robert Laird
The present study examined the relationship between callous-unemotional (CU) traits and self-reported leadership characteristics during group crimes among 614 first-time offenders participating in a large multi-site study. Resistance to peer influence (RPI) and self-esteem (SE) were hypothesized to mediate the relationship between CU traits and leadership during group crime. The results indicated that youth with CU traits were more likely to commit crimes with others. Further, although youth with CU traits reported they came up with the idea for crimes and were leaders during group crimes, these relationships were not mediated by RPI and SE. Future research on youth with CU traits characteristics during group crimes is recommended and implications for tailored treatments of this population are discussed.
Thornton, Laura C., "Adolescents with Callous Unemotional Traits and their Roles in Group Crime" (2012). University of New Orleans Theses and Dissertations. 1559.